Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science 2011

Bealtaine Festival 2011 will take place  from

15 - 22nd May

and will include International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May the theme of which will be Biodiversity and Forests


Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland

Reports on Events 2010



Last year's Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science ran from May 16 - 22nd 2010 and gave primary and secondary school pupils along with families and the general public the chance to explore the natural world around them.

Reports on Events

Full programme can be found through links on left.

As 2010 was International Year of Biodiversity the festival was  better than ever. The festival  spanned from National Dawn Chorus Day on the 16th May to International Day for Biological Diversity on Saturday May 22nd.

We were delighted  year to have a special guest to mark IYB: Professor Liam Dolan, Sherardian Professor of Botany at the University of Oxford. Professor Dolan addressed senior cycle students about the evolution of life and in particular plant life and explained how his research in studying the developments of plants has led to a greater understanding of how plants work. He also outlined how these discoveries may lead to the development of plants that could grow in less fertile soils to help feed the Earth’s growing population. This was an excellent opportunity for school students to hear a world leader in this field and understand the important of basic research and see how it can lead to applied developments. And indeed, see that Irish people contribute at the forefront of science.

This wonderful festival is a partnership between visitor centres and organisations in the Southeast interested in promoting science outdoors and is particularly designed for young people. The event is co-ordinated by CALMAST- Waterford Institute of Technology’s award winning centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology that provides you with science, technology, engineering and maths events, now serving over 12,000 visitors each year from schools in the region.

We have events for primary and secondary schools and we have events on in the evening and weekends to suit adults and families.

In ancient Celtic times the festival of Bealtaine celebrated the arrival of Summer. Our Bealtaine Science Festival of Outdoor Science celebrates out Living Planet with an emphasis on activities outdoors understanding our surroundings and the plants and animals that we share the world with.A number of groups in the Southeast have come together to create this festival, which is coordinated by CALMAST at Waterford IT. Participants in the festival include:

  • The Copper Coast Geopark
  • JFK Arboretum
  • Waterford County Council
  • Waterford City Council
  • Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
  • Waterford IT
  • Fenor Bog
  • National Biodiversity Data Collection Centre
  • Lismore Heritage Centre
  • Geological Survey of Ireland
  • Birdwatch Ireland
  • Irish Wildlife Trust

All events listed must be booked through Eleanor Reade, school of Science, WIT

at 051 302037 or by email: